(Undated) – In less than 20 years, more than half of Indiana, Ohio, and Kentucky could be considered obese.
The Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation released the “F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2012” report on Tuesday.
It doesn’t sugar coat the future of America’s waistlines, claiming that if obesity rates continue on their current trajectories, by 2030, 13 states could have adult obesity rates above 60 percent, 39 states could have rates above 50 percent, and all 50 states could have rates above 44 percent.
The study says the obesity rate in Indiana could go from 30.8 percent today – according to 2011 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data – to 56 percent by 2030.
In Kentucky and Ohio, about 30 percent of residents in both states are obese today, placing 10th and 13th among U.S. states, respectively. That rate could climb to 60 percent in both states in the next 18 years.
If each state could reduce the average body mass index, or BMI, of its residents by five percent by 2030, millions of lives and healthcare dollars could be saved. For a six-foot-tall person weighing 200 pounds, a 5 percent reduction in BMI would be the equivalent of losing roughly 10 pounds.
The report calls on Americans to change their eating and exercise habits. It also urges government intervention with policies that preserve health, prevent disease and reduce health care costs.
The complete report can be found online at http://healthyamericans.org/report/100/.